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Hanna, the first Atlantic hurricane of 2020, slammed into the coast of coronavirus-hit Texas on Saturday, bringing heavy rain, storm surge and doubtlessly life-threatening flash flooding.
The Category 1 storm packed winds of spherical 90 miles (145 kilometers) per hour as a result of it received right here ashore at Padre Island at 5 pm (2200 GMT), the US National Hurricane Center talked about.
“Life-threatening storm surge will continue along portions of the Texas coast,” it talked about, with the surge doubtlessly reaching 6 toes (1.eight meters) in some areas.
Hanna would possibly drop 18 inches (45 centimeters) of rain by way of Monday on south Texas and the Mexican states of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and northern Tamaulipas.
Hanna roared ashore as Texas goes by an infinite surge in coronavirus infections, with officers instituting a state-wide masks mandate to try to curb the unfold of the sickness.
Hanna was about 70 miles south of Corpus Christi, Texas, when it made landfall. The metropolis of 325,000, home to one among many largest virus outbreaks in Texas, had closed libraries and museums as residents braced for the storm, native media reported.
The US is the hardest-hit nation throughout the coronavirus pandemic, with some 4.2 million cases, and authorities ought to decide tips about safely shelter residents pressured out of their properties by future hurricanes this season.
Hanna was forecast to maneuver inland over south Texas on Saturday night, and into northeastern Mexico on Sunday.
Two completely different storm packages have been churning Saturday: Pacific Hurricane Douglas, bearing down on the Hawaiian islands, and Tropical Storm Gonzalo throughout the Atlantic, near the Windward Islands.
Douglas — at one degree a robust Category Four hurricane — has weakened to a Category 1 storm with wind speeds of 90 miles per hour.
The NHC talked about Saturday the storm “will be near the main Hawaiian Islands late tonight and will move over parts of the state Sunday and Monday,” bringing extreme winds, heavy surf, and rainfall of as a lot as 10 inches.
A hurricane warning was in affect in Oahu.
Meanwhile, Venezuela’s authorities warned of heavy rains and gusting winds as Gonzalo moved west all through the Caribbean.
Big waves have already started to pound the coast in jap Venezuela and vitality was knocked in some areas Saturday, Venezuelan media reported.